True Blood star Anna Paquin has signed on for a co-starring role opposite Sarah Gadon in Alias Grace, the six episode miniseries adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel which is set up as a co-production between Netflix and Canadian public broadcaster CBC.
Alias Grace follows Grace Marks (Gadon) a poor, young Irish immigrant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott, was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery, in 1843.
Paquin will play Nancy Montgomery, who is Kinnear’s housekeeper and lover, and while she initially befriends Grace, she begins to resent Grace and becomes increasingly jealous of Kinnear’s affection for her. Nancy eventually fires Grace in a fit of rage and is later found brutally murdered.
Sarah Polley adapted Alias Grace for the small screen and also serves as an executive producer on the project. Halfire Entertainment are producing, with Spotlight’s D.J. Carson service as the co-producer. Mary Harron is directing and also executive produces alongside Polley and Noreen Halpern. Alias Grace started filming in Ontario yesterday and is expected to premiere on CBC in Canada and on Netflix globally in 2017.